The Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017 is here!

If you’re like me and like to support local businesses and like unique pieces of jewellery and crafts, hearing the story behind the designs and how the makers created the piece, you’re in the right place. The Craft Scotland Summer Show is back for the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Designed as a calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Festival, 33 of Scotland’s most talented makers and designers have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Craft Scotland Summer Show. Continue reading “The Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017 is here!”

Rediscovering fashion over the years: 100 years of engagement rings

My hobby of jewellery making had taken a backseat when I was heavily involved in sewing for and planning our wedding last year, but it doesn’t mean my interest in jewellery stopped there. I still like to keep my nose in the business and often find myself looking intently at jewellery pieces to understand the intricacies of a designer or jewellery maker’s craft.

It isn’t until you look at something in further detail and understand the work put into it that you can fully appreciate the art of a designer’s work. Engagement rings are one of the most important pieces of jewellery (alongside the wedding band) in a woman’s life. Below I discovered a video shared on Stylist that documents the history of how fashion has changed for engagement rings in the past 100 years.

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Goodbye, Miss T; Hello, Mrs C!

It’s official: I’m now the new (and third!) Mrs C!
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Get inspired with creativity: the West End Craft Fair at St John’s Churchyard

Every year, the Fringe Festival is one of Edinburgh’s biggest events, the other main one being Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve celebrations). Without fail, there’s always a West End Craft Fair at St John’s Churchyard on the West End of Princes Street during the Fringe. Apart from the one show I’ve seen so far in the Fringe, I haven’t really had a chance tolook at the programme to see what other shows would be interesting. I seem to always manage to miss the Craft Fair though, so I decided to drop by last week and I was most definitely glad I went.

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Bringing summer back: the summer midi skirt

It’s been a really mild winter and a slow transition from the cooler temperatures to the warmer air and bright sun that tells you summer is coming. It’s on it’s way though and if you haven’t been to Scotland yet, you’ll appreciate the nicer (and cooler) weather more, no matter how small a change you get with the changing seasons. One of the things I like most about Edinburgh is the colder temperatures, unlike the intense heat and high humidity of living in Hong Kong or South East Asian countries where fans or ACs are a staple in every household, shop as well as shopping centre. Here, it’s central heating that is a staple.

I’ve been a bit lax in working on my projects, whether it be jewellery making or dressmaking, since the jewellery making classes finished a couple of weeks ago. I managed to finish my first labradorite ring and do most of the work on the etched sterling silver cuffs my friends asked me to make for them with the filigree lily design. I’ve also got new gemstones that I’m quite excited about setting, some of which I’ve already got plans for.

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My finished ring project

My completed labradorite ring in a rub over setting

I’ve experienced frustration with a simple project not going as planned and I know I should heed my own advice: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Sometimes you experience draw backs to your projects, but when the etched filigree cuff went so well, I think I started gaining such confidence in my own abilities that I thought the ring with my set labradorite project would go just as smoothly. I have to remind myself that soldering is a tricky job, especially when you’re heating 3 separate joins before you even join the ring and setting together. Continue reading “My finished ring project”

Slowly, but surely: my labradorite ring

It was only a week ago that I started on my ring having been shown how to make a rub over stone setting. I thought once the bezel setting was done, everything else would fall into place. If only it were that easy!

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Progress on the silver projects

Ever since I got my tool and soldering kits for Christmas, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to bring home unfinished projects from class to work on at home. I’ve still got a few bits and pieces here and there that I need to get (like the soldering block and doing more researching on how I can set up my own pickle and etching tanks) before I can really fully do everything I want in the comfort of my own home.

I was still working on various projects and was at different stages with each: the ring and charms I managed to get etched and oxidised, but I still needed to get them polished. I had etched the pendants for the matching friendship/family necklace set, but I had to clean them and I still need to get them through the oxidising process.

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Jewellery making: Going around in rings

It’s now my second class into the second term of jewellery making classes and I’m pleased to say that although I’m still looking for inspiration on what else to etch onto sterling silver after I finished my etched filigree lily cuff and earrings set, I’m now working on a matching ring and friendship/family necklace set to go with the ‘collection’, so to speak.

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